Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2017

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132 Landscape Architect and Specifier News s t e w a rd s h i p Walnut Hills, a neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the city's oldest hilltop neighborhoods. When an area of the city needed some attention, the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation stepped in. To that end, the foundation approached MKSK Studios, a Columbus, Ohio, based design firm, to help the community reclaim pedestrian connectivity in the neighborhood, create a public space for music, stage events, food trucks, and biergartens. Landscape Architect & Specifier News (ISSN 1060-9962) is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc., 14771 Plaza Drive Suite A, Tustin, California 92780 Phone: 714-979-LASN (5276); Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9123). Copyright 2017 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Subscriptions: Licensed/Registered Landscape Architects free of charge. Others, Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada: 12 issues, $34.95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LASN at or 714-979-5276 ext. 144. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. The Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation and MKSK Studios teamed with community partners to help turn a forgotten lot into a comfortable outdoor space for a Cincinnati neighborhood. This project focused on an empty area known as "Five Points," the junction of five urban alleyways, transforming it from a neglected overgrown parking lot surrounded by vacant properties, into a vibrant community gathering space. The foundation approached MKSK to be the lead design team of the Five Points transformation. The design includes a sequence of "rooms" weaving through the site promoting active and passive activities including a performance area, café seating, conversational space, and a play/activity area with festive lights that act as a ceiling. MKSK's landscape architects and urban designers creatively used salvage materials and architectural artifacts from a former church to provide seating and recreational opportunities. This unique public space keeps the gritty "backyard" look and feel of an urban alley with the addition of landscaping, café lighting, and a stable permeable surface. This project was made possible by a large group of invested public and private community partners, including donors such as the City of Cincinnati. MKSK provided pro bono design services and coordination for the project. If you have a project where landscape architectural design services were provided pro bono, you can submit your Stewardship proposal to: Story Ideas? Reclaiming A Forgotten Piece of Land By Andrew Soto, LASN

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